I cant remember when I last went on a picnic to a theme park, well, this one must have been at least one decade later, if not more. It is mainly the walking that I hate about theme parks, go round and round the place, wait in queues. I have no patience for all this anymore and so does A. But since we skipped Disneyland, no it surely is not the Happiest Place on Earth for us, we decided to give this one a shot. This was the first theme park visit for S and boy, she has been such a sport. She walked the entire day, didn’t cry as much as we expected her to. For the money we paid, it was quite worth it, although we couldn’t sit on all the rides.
How to get there:
To reach Ocean Park premises: Take the train to Admiralty station, exit from the side that says “Ocean Park”. You will reach a bus stand, get on to the bus no 629. It costs HKD 10.60 for adults, something lesser for the child.
Things to take note of before you head to Ocean park:
- Get your tickets in advance, there might be quite a queue for those purchasing tickets at the door and it will be quite expensive HKD 380 or so. Book it on the site or use coupons!
- Try to get your tickets from a website that is selling it at a discount – eg. Groupon or Klook. You might get a discount or get a child ticket free for 2 paying adults
- Take water with you, it costs about HKD 15 or 20 inside the park while outside it is only about HKD 5 or 7 for a 500ml bottle. However, there are drinking water spouts at quite a number of places inside, so if you are not the fussy type, you can manage.
- Umbrella, raincoats, caps – a must – you never know when it will start pouring.
- Travel light – you have to walk around the entire park, so your shoulders and hands will be happy if you dont burden them with too much weight.
- Even if you purchase the tickets online, you might need to print them out, so do it at the hotel and get the physical tickets at the counter.
- There are prams and strollers available for rent, you can see it as you enter into the park. It is a bit expensive but if absolutely necessary rent it.
What we could ride on:
Carousel and a “roller coaster” type ride in the Polar Adventure Zone. Thanks to S being 5 yrs old and shorter than the prescribed height. In any case, she would not have enjoyed the “thrill” of these rides which are more for teenagers and adults.
How did our trip go:
We started off with a ride on the Ocean Express which took us to the top.
It rained a lot when we were waiting for our chance at the roller coaster. They do stop the rides when it rains because it pours heavily.
What did we enjoy here:
- The Grand Aquarium for its vast variety of species of aquatic animals
2. Polar Adventure – Arctic Zone and Antarctic Zone – we could see the penguins, seals, walruses to name a few.
3. Sharks and sting rays
4. Ocean Express Train Ride from the base till the top
5. If you get the chance, try to go on the cable car – we chose not to, because the queue was too long!
6. If you are looking for thrill and rides that bring out an adrenaline rush, you would enjoy most of the rides.
7. There are pandas and koalas that kids would love to look at.
8. Jelly Fish Aquarium
8. View of the island from the Top – for a free view head to the viewing point near Bay View Restaurant. It is not a full view but good enough, alternately you could dine at Bay View Restaurant and enjoy unrestricted views of the island and the bay.
So, with this we wrapped up the day and finished it off with some delicious Indian food at TST. Psst. You have a Sangeetha and Woodlands at WingOn Plaza in TST, Indian friends and vegetarians, do check these places out!